Looking for background? Try our expanding policy history collections

Here at APO, we are proud to bring you the latest policy research, data and reports. That said, we know that many valuable resources were published before the age of the internet. These resources are key to understanding historical context and path dependencies—informing policy research and current practice.

With this in mind, we are expanding our historic collections with a new digitisation program as part of an Australian Research Council LIEF grant. Last year we purchased a Table Top Scribe from the Internet Archive (the first in Australia) and this is now set up in our offices at Swinburne University in Hawthorn. Our Urban and Regional Editor is sourcing and digitising key urban history resources – starting with working papers published by ANU’s former Urban Research Unit. The working papers will be available on APO as text searchable PDF and in a range of formats from our US partners Internet Archive.

Meanwhile, we are working hard to source and digitise key metropolitan plans for Australia’s capital cities.

A selection of working papers is available at http://apo.org.au/node/90896 and http://apo.org.au/node/90871.

Highlights include Susan Marsden’s 1997 review of the history of post-war city centres; Patrick Troy’s history of owner occupation in Australia and Blair Badcock’s account of a mid-1980s review of metropolitan planning in South Australia which gives some context to Adelaide’s latest 30-year plan.

As always, you can help build our collections by registering with APO to add content.

This project is funded by an Australian Research Council grant, with university partners including RMIT Centre for Urban Research and the Henry Halloran Trust. ANU gave us permission to digitise working papers.